Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

Cost + Deadlines

All information below pertains to summer 2018

Please note: these deadlines are specific to the Summer Institute and vary from those listed on the Summer Sessions website. Most Summer Sessions deadlines do not apply to Summer Institute participants.


Deadline Domestic Students  International Students
Online Application Opens Friday, December 15, 2017 same
Financial Aid Request Deadline Monday, April 2 same
Online Application Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, June 1 EXTENDED: Friday, May 18
Deadline for International Students to Submit VSIS form and I-20 Documents N/A Monday, May 21
Cancellation Deadline for Full Refund* Friday, June 8 same
Withdrawal Deadline for Summer Session Fee Refund Only** Sunday, July 8 same
Program Begins Monday, July 2 same
Withdrawal Deadline without a refund Friday, July 13 same
Program Ends Friday, August 10 same

* Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a full refund of the $3,400 CED Program Fee and all Summer Sessions fees, minus a $100 cancellation fee. (For international students, the $300 I-20 Processing Fee is non-refundable.)

** Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a refund of all Summer Sessions fees, minus a withdrawal fee. (For international students, the $300 I-20 Processing Fee is non-refundable.)


Course Cancellation and Refund Policy

CED reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrollment for a full refund, and to withdraw or modify course offerings.


Summer Institute Tuition and Fees

Student Profile Total Cost
Visiting Student, domestic $4,391
Visiting Student, international $6,891

Tuition and Fees cover:

  • access to Computer Labs
  • licenses for required software
  • a CalNet ID card for access to all University facilities
  • print card
  • some materials and supplies
  • catered welcome and commencement events
  • Clipper Card for free transportation on all Alameda County buses
  • most transportation to and from site visits

Students are responsible for their own housing, meals, any additional supplies, and computer. Students should expect to spend an additional $250-300 on printing and materials.


A small number of partial scholarships are available. Contact before April 2, 2018 to request a scholarship. Scholarships are need-based.


Summer Institute program participants are strongly encouraged to live on campus, though this is not required. Students already living in the Bay Area may opt to commute to the Institute as a day program. Non-local students have several options for housing, some of which include meals. The following links will give you an idea of housing costs in the Berkeley area.

  • We highly recommend Berkeley Student Co-op housing, and Cloyne Court in particular.
  • International House: only a five-minute walk from Wurster Hall, International House has rooms available in the summer and they also offer meals. 
  • UC Berkeley dorms: Berkeley Residence Halls often have available rooms for visiting students during the summer sessions.
  • Cal Rentals: this subscription service is set up specifically to help summer student visitors find sublets around campus. Email them after March 1 to request their Summer Housing Bulletin.
  • CED Summer Programs Facebook Page: incoming Institute students use this page to trade house-hunting tips and share leads (by invitation only).
  • Berkeley Lab Guest House: located on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus, guests can access the UC Berkeley campus via shuttle bus, car, bicycle, or foot. It offers standard, large, and studio rooms.
  • Craigslist: many summer students find sublets in the neighborhood - keep in mind that many more options become available during the summertime.
  • Summer Sessions maintains a list of non-UC affiliated housing options.

PLEASE NOTE: UC Berkeley's summer Residence Halls fill up fast. Residency priority is given to Institute students who apply early in the spring.